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Two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters sit on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopters are assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

A Marine of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) sits on the edge of the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. In the background is the amphibious transport dock USS VANCOUVER (LPD-2)

Local inhabitants watch an AAVP7A1 amphibious assault vehicle of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit as it moves inland during the joint Thai/US exercise THALAY THAI '89

Two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters wait to take off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopters are assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

A Marine of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, an M16A2 rifle on his back, prepares to monitor the unloading of air cushion landing craft LCAC13 during the initial assault phase of the joint Thai/US exercise THALAY THAI '89

Members of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) practice rope-descending techniques from a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter positioned at the edge of the stern elevator of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter flies over members of the local population and members of the 11th Marine Expeditionary unit working their way inland during the joint Thai/US exercise THALAY THAI '89

A member of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) pauses near a group of Thai civilians to talk on an AN/PRC-77 field radio during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89

A CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter flies over the gulf after taking off from the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint Exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter is prepared for flight aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is assigned to , the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

An 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) AAVP-7A1 amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) tows a second AAVinto the surf near Pattaya Beach during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89

An AH-1W Sea Cobra helicopter armed with an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile, foreground, and several CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters sit on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopters are assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

Marines of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) man a Mark 19 automatic grenade launcher mounted atop an M-998 high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV) parked in a village near Pattaya Beach during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89

A Marine of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit looks out the hatch of his AAVP6A1 amphibious assault vehicle during the initial assault phase of the joint Thai/US exercise THALAY THAI '89

A Navy ordnance officer checks over an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile mounted on an AH-1W Sea Cobra helicopter on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

A flight deck director aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) guides in a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

An AH-1W Sea Cobra helicopter armed with two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, foreground, and several CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters sit on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopters are assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

Members of the flight crew of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter look over the helicopter's main rotor blades as part of a preflight check aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is assigned to , the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

Marines of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare for an equipment inspection aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during the joint Thai/US exercise THALAY THAI '89

A member of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) runs past two other Marines manning a Mark 19 automatic grenade launcher mounted atop an M-998 high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89

Flight deck personnel assist the crew of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter being readied for flight aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is assigned to , the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

Members of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) practice rope-descending techniques from a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter positioned at the edge of the stern elevator of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th MEU. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Members of the flight crew of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter look over the helicopter's main rotor blades as part of a preflight check aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is assigned to , the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

A flight deck director aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) guides in a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during the combined Thai/U.S. joint Exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

A sailor stands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) near an AH-1W Sea Cobra helicopter armed with an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

A CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter flies over the gulf after taking off from the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise THALAY THAI '89. The helicopter is from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

Two Marines assigned to the combat cargo office aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) wait to carry a pallet of small arms ammunition onto a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during the combined Thai/U.S. joint Exercise Thalay Thai '89. The helicopter is assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), the reinforced aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU)

On the shoreline near Pattaya Beach, Marines of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) prepare to move their LAV-25 light armored vehicles off of the air cushion landing craft LCAC-2 during the combined Thai/U.S. joint exercise Thalay Thai '89

Secretary of the Navy H. Lawrence Garrett III walks between the Commander of Amphibious Squadron 4 (PHIBRON 4), left, and the commanding officer of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) after his arrival during Fleet Ex 1-90

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are led to a helicopter on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during a rehearsal for Operation Sharp Edge. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) file aboard a Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during a rehearsal for Operation Sharp Edge. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) file aboard a Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during a rehearsal for Operation Sharp Edge. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia

A Marine of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit prepares to fire his M-249 squad automatic weapons from the stern of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during weapons training held prior Operation Sharp Edge. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) practice body-search techniques on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) in preparation for Operation Sharp Edge. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) gather in the hangar bay aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) for a briefing on the situation in Monrovia, Liberia, and the rules of engagement governing their mission once ashore. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia for Operation Sharp Edge

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to fire their M-249 squad automatic weapons from the stern of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during weapons training held prior Operation Sharp Edge. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia

An infantry platoon from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU) marches along a road beside the beach during the combined Thai/U.S. exercise Cobra Gold '90

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to fire their M-249 squad automatic weapons from the stern of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during weapons training held prior Operation Sharp Edge. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia

Officers of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) gather in the MEU commander's office aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) for a briefing on the situation in and around Monrovia, Liberia. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia for Operation Sharp Edge

Officers of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) gather in the MEU commander's office aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) for a briefing on the situation in and around Monrovia, Liberia. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia for Operation Sharp Edge

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) gather in the hangar bay aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) for a briefing on the situation in and around Monrovia, Liberia, and the rules of engagement governing their mission once ashore. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia for Operation Sharp Edge

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are led to a Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) during a rehearsal for Operation Sharp Edge. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) board a Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) during a rehearsal for Operation Sharp Edge. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are led to a helicopter on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during a rehearsal for Operation Sharp Edge. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia

A Marine of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) adjusts one of the M-60E3 machine guns set up on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) for weapons training prior to Operation Sharp Edge. The SAIPAN is on station off the coast of Liberia

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) board a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during Operation Sharp Edge. The Marines will be flown to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

A Marine standing in the back of a truck aboard a landing craft looks toward the open well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) during Operation Sharp Edge. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are being sent to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

Marines working for the Combat Cargo Office aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) carry baggage aboard a Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter during Operation Sharp Edge. Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) will be flown to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) check their equipment aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) while waiting to board a helicopter during Operation Sharp Edge. The Marines will be flown to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

Two CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) depart the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) during Operation Sharp Edge. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are being sent to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

The utility landing craft LCU-1653 heads for shore with a load of light armored vehicles (LAVs) and other Marine vehicles during Operation Sharp Edge. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are being sent to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

A CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter attached to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) lifts off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during Operation Sharp Edge. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are being sent to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) pick up their equipment before boarding a helicopter during Operation Sharp Edge. The Marines will be flown to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

Two CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopters attached to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) fly over an LCM-8 mechanized landing craft during Operation Sharp Edge. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are being sent to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) stand by to board a helicopter aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) during Operation Sharp Edge. The Marines will be flown to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

A CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) lifts off the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) as an AV-8B Harrier aircraft is readied for takeoff during Operation Sharp Edge. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are being sent to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

A CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter attached to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) departs the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) during Operation Sharp Edge. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are being sent to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are led aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) during Operation Sharp Edge. The Marines will be flown to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

A CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter attached to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) lifts off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) during Operation Sharp Edge. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are being sent to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

A CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during Operation Sharp Edge. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are being sent to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) stand by to board a helicopter aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) during Operation Sharp Edge. The Marines will be flown to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

A Marine of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) sits at the edge of the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2) while waiting to board a helicopter during Operation Sharp Edge. Marines of the 22nd MEU are being sent to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to augment security and evacuate U.S. and foreign nationals from the fighting between government and rebel forces

Marines on the grounds of the US Embassy sandbag a position near the compound's perimeter. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2), were sent to augment security at the embassy as part of Operation SHARP EDGE

A Marine posted atop the roof of the United States Embassy sits beside a Mark 19 automatic grenade launcher as he scans the surrounding area with a pair of binoculars. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2), were sent to augment security at the embassy as part of Operation SHARP EDGE

Marines on the grounds of the US Embassy wait in line to board a helicopter. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2), were sent to augment security at the embassy as part of Operation SHARP EDGE

Two Marines man a security post on the roof of the US Embassy. The Marine at right is armed with an M16A2 rifle; the Marine at left is leaning on an AT4 light anti-armor weapon covered with a poncho. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2), were sent to augment security at the embassy as part of Operation SHARP EDGE

A group of Marines stand watch on the roof of the United States Embassy. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2), were sent to augment security at the embassy as part of Operation SHARP EDGE

Marines pile up sandbags that are being filled on the beach at the edge of the US Embassy compound. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2), were sent to augment security at the embassy as part of Operation SHARP EDGE

A squad of Marines boards a Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM 261) CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter on the grounds of the US Embassy. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2), were sent to augment security at the embassy as part of Operation SHARP EDGE

Marines unload boxes of supplies from a Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM 261) CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter on the grounds of the US Embassy. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2), were sent to augment security at the embassy as part of Operation SHARP EDGE

A Marine armed with an M16A2 rifle equipped with an M203 grenade launcher stands watch on the roof of the United States Embassy. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2), were sent to augment security at the embassy as part of Operation SHARP EDGE

A squad of Marines moves to board a Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261) CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter on the grounds of the United States Embassy. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2), were sent to augment security at the embassy as part of Operation SHARP EDGE

Three Marines man a security post overlooking a road outside the United States Embassy. Marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2), were sent to augment security at the embassy as part of Operation SHARP EDGE

Chaplain (LT.) Joe Scordo, the Catholic chaplain for the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), says Mass for Marines assigned to the U.S. Embassy during Operation Sharp Edge. The Marine Corps and Navy elements participating in the operation are involved in providing support for the embassy and evacuating civilians caught in Liberia's civil war

Chaplain (LT.) Joe Scordo, the Catholic chaplain for the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), distributes Holy Communion at a Mass for Marines assigned to the U.S. Embassy during Operation Sharp Edge. The Marine Corps and Navy elements participating in the operation are involved in providing support for the embassy and evacuating civilians caught in Liberia's civil war

Lance CPL. Timothy D. Tinch of Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 24 (MSSG-24) fills plastic jugs with purified water as other Marines distribute the water to Kurds waiting outside the fence. The Marines are working in the refugee camp near Zakhu, Iraq, as part of Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq and southern Turkey

As seen from aboard a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter, the amphibious assault ship USS GUADALCANAL (LPH-7) lies anchored in Iskenderun Bay to offload elements of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) during Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq and southern Turkey

CPL Michael J. Knapp of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) washes his clothes in an ammunition can while assigned to the humanitarian services support base established for Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq and southern Turkey

Lance CPL. Timothy D. Tinch of Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 24 (MSSG-24) fills plastic jugs with purified water as other Marines distribute the water to Kurds waiting outside the fence. The Marines are working in the refugee camp near Zakhu, Iraq, as part of Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq and southern Turkey

CPL Michael J. Knapp of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) washes his clothes in an ammunition can while assigned to the humanitarian services support base established for Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq and southern Turkey

A Marine from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) gathers up his gear as his unit prepares to board buses bound for the humanitarian services support base set up in Silopi, Turkey. Marines of the 24th MEU are taking part in Operation Provide Comfort, the multinational effort to provide relief for Kurdish refugees fleeing from Iraqi government forces

Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) relax as they wait for transportation to the humanitarian services support base set up in Silopi, Turkey. Marines of the 24th MEU are taking part in Operation Provide Comfort, the multinational effort to provide relief for Kurdish refugees fleeing from Iraqi government forces

A group of Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24 MEU) waits to board a bus bound for the humanitarian services support base set up in Silopi, Turkey. Marines of the 24th MEU are taking part in Operation Provide Comfort, the multinational effort to provide relief for Kurdish refugees fleeing from Iraqi government forces

A captain from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) talks to one of his men as they wait for transportation to the humanitarian services support base set up in Silopi, Turkey. Marines of the 24th MEU are taking part in Operation Provide Comfort, the multinational effort to provide relief for Kurdish refugees fleeing from Iraqi government forces

Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) sit on their packs as they wait for transportation to the humanitarian services support base set up in Silopi, Turkey. Marines of the 24th MEU are taking part in Operation Provide Comfort, the multinational effort to provide relief for Kurdish refugees fleeing from Iraqi government forces

Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) wait for transportation to the humanitarian services support base set up in Silopi, Turkey. Marines of the 24th MEU are taking part in Operation Provide Comfort, the multinational effort to provide relief for Kurdish refugees fleeing from Iraqi government forces

A Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 6 (HC-6) CH-46D Sea Knight helicopter flies past a group of Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24 MEU) as they wait for transportation to the humanitarian services support base set up in Silopi, Turkey. Marines of the 24th MEU are taking part in Operation Provide Comfort, the multinational effort to provide relief for Kurdish refugees fleeing from Iraqi government forces

Kurdish refugees gather outside the fence at a medical clinic and water purification station set up on the outskirts of the city by members of Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 24 (MSSG-24), which is providing services to the refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort

CHIEF Hospital Corpsman Arthur Angel treats a young Kurdish refugee's blistered foot in a medical clinic on the outskirts of the city. The Marines and sailors of Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 24 (MSSG-24) set up the clinic and a water purification station for the Kurdish refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort

LCPL Joseph Williams, left, and CPL Thomas Quinn fill a jug with clean water at a medical clinic and water purification station on the outskirts of the city as Kurdish refugees wait outside the compound's fence. The Marines are members of Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 24 (MSSG-24), which is providing services to the refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort

Hospital Corpsman 1ST Class Charlie Alva, left, holds a child as LT. Ronald Buckley listens to the child's heart in a medical tent set up on the outskirts of the city. Alva and Buckley are Navy medical personnel attached to Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 24 (MSSG-24), which is providing services for Kurdish refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort

Hospital Corpsman 1ST Class Charlie Alva, seated left, holds a child as LT Ronald Buckley, center, speaks through an interpreter to the child's parents in a medical tent set up on the outskirts of the city. Alva and Buckley are Navy medical personnel attached to Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 24 (MSSG-24), which is providing service for Kurdish refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort

Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Milton R. Savage sits in the back of a truck while visiting a medical clinic and water purification station set up on the outskirts of the city by members of Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 24 (MSSG-24) as part of Operation Provide Comfort

CPL. Richard Berber of Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 24 (MSSG-24) uses a comparator kit to check the chlorine level of some purified water. The Marines and sailors of MSSG-24 have set up a medical clinic and water purification station on the outskirts of the city to provide services to Kurdish refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort

CPL Richard Berber of Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 24 (MSSG-24) checks a sample of purified water. The Marines and sailors of MSSG-24 have set up a medical clinic and water purification station on the outskirts of the city to provide services to Kurdish refugees as part of Operation Provide Comfort

Kurdish refugees gather outside a medical clinic and water purification station set up on the outskirts of the city by Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 24 (MSSG-24) as part of Operation Provide Comfort

Marines shield themselves from flying debris as a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter lands in a courtyard in the city. Marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) and MEU Service Support Group 24 (MSSG-24) are furnishing aid to the Kurdish refugees in the Zakhu area as part of Operation Provide Comfort

Marines sit in the back of a cargo truck traveling along the border between Turkey and Iraq. Marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) and MEU Service Support Group 24 (MSSG-24) are furnishing aid to the Kurdish refugees in the Zakhu Iraq, area as part of Operation Provide Comfort

Marines in an M998 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) are greeted by a pair of Iraqi children as they patrol the city's streets. Marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) and MEU Service Support Group 24 (MSSG-24) are furnishing aid to the Kurdish refugees in the Zakhu area as part of Operation Provide Comfort

Two Marines stand by beside the M-2 .50-caliber machine gun mounted on the roof of an M-939 5-ton cargo truck as two other Marines attempt to repair a second M-939 truck that broke down while traveling through the city. Marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) and MEU Service Support Group 24 (MSSG-24) are furnishing aid to the Kurdish refugees in the Zakhu area as part of Operation Provide Comfort